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September 29, 2015

Huawei, Vogue China and Fornasetti collaborate on custom smart watch, released at Milan Fashion Week

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Vittorio Zunino Celotto

A collaboration between big names Huawei, Vogue China and Fornasetti sparked the creation of the Fornasetti smart watch, the unveiling of which was done at Vogue China’s 10-year anniversary celebrations. Celebrated at the closure of Milan Fashion Week, the introduction of the special edition watch has allowed for it to be seen in the limelight of the fashion world.
   Huawei, a global innovation company, works towards bettering and expanding on telecom networks. With a focus on consumer product, technical innovation and research and development, the company has expanded through Asia, Europe, the US and Russia. Huawei’s crowd-sourcing specialists have opened up a platform for outside artists and designers to contribute designs for appropriate accessories to complement the watch such as customized skins, or potential ideas for future technologies such as smart phones or smart watches.
   The watch itself is a product of Huawei Business Group, but the design was customized by Fornasetti, the celebrated interior design and fashion label. The watch has all the traditional makings of a high-quality, sophisticated watch such as the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal class and stainless steel frame, as well as the traditional 42 mm diameter of the watch face itself. What makes this accessory stand out is its technical capabilities, inclusive of playing music downloads offline, Bluetooth connections and a heart rate and motion sensor. These make it the ideal companion for monitored physical activity without the bulk of other smart technologies.
   Designer Barnaba Fornasetti said his design had a multi-dimensional inspiration to it which contributed to the final product. ‘The Fornasetti brand is built upon the revival and reinvention of its classic designs and objects, giving them a new purpose and always keeping its artisan approach. The Lina face is a part of my father’s legacy and to reinforce its timeless design, I paradoxically decided to apply it on a cutting edge product that keeps time.’ The image on the watch face is a vintage-style depiction of a woman’s face, namely inspired by that of Lina Cavalieri, an Italian opera singer. This image is an established symbol of Fornasetti and has been used in a similar fashion in the label’s past designs.
   The collaboration between the three large names has allowed space for future business endeavours, opening up each other’s company networks. Glory Zhang of Huawei said, ‘This collaboration with Fornasetti is the start of an exciting journey for Huawei, delivering connections between innovative technology and art, design and culture. This is the first of many exciting cultural collaborations as we move to become an innovator within the arts’.
   Notable attendees of the event included models Karlie Kloss and Sean O’Pry, AC Milan footballer Riccardo Montolivo and model Cristina de Pin, fashion photographer Mario Testino, Giorgio Armani, Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung. Representing Huawei was Glory Zhang, its chief marketing officer. All attendees of the event were gifted with the smart watches and modelled them for the evening.—Alex Barrow

Vittorio Zunino Celotto

June 16, 2015

Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne feature in Mango’s autumn–winter 2015–16 campaign

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Spanish fashion brand Mango has announced that both Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne will be the faces of its autumn–winter 2015–16 campaign, hashtagged #somethingincommon.
   Mango sees both supermodel Moss and fashion influencer Delevingne as connected through their shared experiences as models and muses.
   The latest campaign was shot in Toronto in May by Dutch fashion photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (Inez and Vinoodh). Lisa Butler and Garren led the make-up and hair respectively. Inez and Vinoodh have also created the TV commercial and Mango notes that the song, ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ will feature.
   In a release, Moss states, ‘It’s so great to be working with Mango again, they are such a fresh and modern brand. Inez and Vinoodh have captured the energy of the shoot perfectly, Cara and I always have fun together and you really can see that in this campaign.’
   Moss had posed for Mango in late 2011 and 2012.
   Delevingne, meanwhile, said, ‘Mango is great. When I think about what to wear every day, I like to be creative and Mango is a perfect brand to play with the range of styles there are nowadays. This is the first time I have worked with Mango and having Kate as my partner in crime is ideal! We are a lethal combination. I admire her personally and professionally, she represents a true fashion icon. It is a privilege to learn and to share this experience with her. The shoot has been epic, it’s always fun when Miss Moss is around.’
   The campaign breaks in September.

March 13, 2015

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty opens at V&A; Tinie Tempah gives online tour

Lucire staff/12.25

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The Victoria & Albert Museum’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition has proven to be one of its most popular, with 70,000 tickets sold two days before it opened to the public.
   The retrospective has 66 additional garments that were not seen in the earlier exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has an extra third more space.
   The opening on Thursday night saw David and Victoria Beckham (video below), Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, Salma Hayek and François Pinault, Naomi Campbell, Erin O’Connor, Colin Farrell, Poppy Delevingne, Eva Herzigova and FKA Twigs attend.
   Victoria Beckham wore a black strapless gown from her own collection at the V&A gala. Moss wore a design from the pre-autumn 2015 collection from the Alexander McQueen label, while Campbell donned a design from McQueen’s spring–summer 2007 collection.
   Moss herself appears in holographic form in the exhibition.
   For those who cannot get there in person, Tinie Tempah offers a private view on the BBC’s Iplayer, with a personal tour online on March 14, at 9 p.m.
   McQueen committed suicide in 2010 on the eve of his mother’s funeral.
   The exhibition, in partnership with Swarovski and others, runs from March 14 to August 2, with admission at £16.

November 26, 2014

Edward Enninful to be honoured at 2014 British Fashion Awards

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Edward Enninful will receive the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at this year’s British Fashion Awards, the British Fashion Council announced today.
   Ghanese-born Enninful is a stylist and the current fashion and style director of W.
   In 1991, he became fashion director of I-D, at the age of 18, making him the youngest editor at a major international title. Seven years later, he became contributing fashion editor of Vogue Italia, and he held the same post at Vogue in 2006. In 2011, he took on his role at W.
   Enninful has also worked on campaigns for Gucci, Comme des Garçons, Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Celine, Lanvin, Mulberry, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Jil Sander, Calvin Klein, Fendi, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Hugo Boss, and Missoni.
   I-D founders, Terry and Tricia Jones, said, ‘When the wonderful Simon Foxton first introduced Edward into the I-D family, we had no idea that he would become one of the most outstanding stylists of his generation. He not only brought his own talent to the magazine, but started working with hundreds of other individual youngsters at the beginning of their careers. His fashion corner in the I-D office was always a mecca for ideas and supermodel diversity became one of his many contributions to the international fashion industry.
   â€˜We are thrilled and super proud that I-D’s youngest-ever son has travelled so far in his career and feel very privileged to have known him as a teenager. Edward’s own individual talent, his absolute loyalty, his encouragement and promotion of other peoples’ careers, as well as his love and belief in diversity within the industry, is rare and quite unprecedented. We truly believe that Edward’s creative voice, experience and original inspiration fully justify this very prestigious award!’
   Supermodel Naomi Campbell said, ‘Edward is not only one of my dearest friends and brother, but he is also one of the most outstanding people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His unique talent, drive and imagination are poured into his work, making him responsible for some of the most heart quickening imagery in the history of fashion.’
   Fashion photographer Stephen Klein added, ‘Edward has exquisite taste and precision and is both sensitive to the aim of the photographer and venue without compromising either.’
   Speaking for the British Fashion Council, Natalie Massenet, its chairman, said, ‘Edward’s creative energy and level of vision captures the mood of our times: his work is original, energetic, sincere and unforgettable. His creative journey may have started in London, but today his influence spans the entire globe intersecting the worlds of fashion, art and business.’
   The British Fashion Awards 2014 is sponsored by Swarovski, Canon, MAC, Toni & Guy, Vodafone, American Express, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes Benz, Penhaligon’s, and Rightster.

October 17, 2014

It’s Heidi Klum Intimates as the German model takes over from Elle Macpherson at Bendon

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Model and businesswoman Heidi Klum will succeed Elle Macpherson with her own lingerie line at Bendon, the company announced today.
   Elle Macpherson Intimates, which first launched in New Zealand in 1990, has established itself as Bendon’s flagship range. As of January, the entire range will be renamed, and Klum will take over Macpherson’s role as the creative director and the face of the brand.
   Heidi Klum Intimates will appear in 1,800 retail locations worldwide.
   The other Macpherson lines will also be rebranded. The men’s line will be named HKMan, and the accessible line will be called Heidi by Heidi Klum.
   Bendon says there will be extensions into swimwear.
   In the last 25 years, Elle Macpherson Intimates had become the largest celebrity-endorsed intimate apparel collection the world, says Bendon.
   In a release, Bendon CEO Justin Davis-Rice called Macpherson ‘a great partner to Bendon’ as the association ended.
   â€˜From the first meeting [with Klum] it was obvious that we were destined to collaborate and work together—her energy, work ethic and passion for lingerie is incredible. I am looking forward to working with her as we continue to build on the heritage of our Intimates brand,’ he added.
   Klum said, ‘I’ve always loved lingerie and can’t describe how incredibly exciting it is to globally launch my Intimates collection with Bendon, a true leader of the industry. In addition to spending a majority of my career modelling lingerie, I am also a woman whose body has changed over the years. I am a mother of four children so I genuinely understand the importance of finding the right lingerie. I want women everywhere to feel sexy, empowered and confident in my collection every time they wear it.’
   Both Davis-Rice and Eric Watson, who co-owns Bendon through his Cullen Investments, citing the globalization of the intimate apparel market, see Klum was being a recognizable face who the company can leverage. Sister brands include Stella McCartney Lingerie, Pleasure State, Fayreform and Lovable.

October 13, 2014

Official pics: getting Gisèle Bündchen’s Chanel No. 5 look as her next campaign is teased

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See even more pics here, and why Baz Luhrmann thinks Gisèle Bündchen is the modern embodiment of what Gabrielle Chanel stood for

Hugh Stewart

Chanel has teased its new campaign, dubbed ‘The One That I Want’, featuring Gisèle Bündchen.
   The company has released two images and a 15-second video for the next push of its iconic Chanel No. 5 fragrance. Director Baz Luhrmann helmed the spot, which shows Bündchen surfing, and leaning up against a large number 5.
   Bündchen herself had released a shot of her holding a Chanel logo surfboard on her Instagram on October 7, and a second image from the campaign on October 11.
   Hugh Stewart shot the latest images of Bündchen, who, naturally, wears Chanel make-up, including le Blanc de Chanel and Perfection Lumière Velvet foundation in beige, Crème de Chanel blush in Révélation, les 4 Ombres eyeshadow in Tissé Mademoiselle, Le Volume mascara in black, and Rouge Coco lipstick in Mademoiselle. She wears a pink and black neoprene bikini top and a long-sleeved black and pink neoprene wetsuit especially made by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. The wetsuit sports the iconic 5 on the back.
   The supermodel follows on from other celebrities including Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tautou, Keira Knightley and perhaps most unusually, Brad Pitt.
   The campaign breaks on October 15, two years to the day after Pitt’s campaign broke. The hashtag #TheOneThatIWant will be used in social media.

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September 5, 2014

Meadowlark shows its ‘anarchist queen’ Dynasty jewellery collection

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Meadowlark’s Dynasty collection builds on its previous two, Ritual and Veni Vedi Vici, taking the inspiration from an ancient Russian monarch, traditional Indian bridal adornment and grunge–luxe supermodel nostalgia, says the company.
   The company had already made headlines for its distinctive, high-impact jewellery with Rihanna modelling its pieces in the September 2014 issue of W.
   There’s more than a nod to the body-piercing æsthetic: among the items are headpieces, nose chains, septum and lip rings, stud and hoop earrings, rings and necklaces, all taking strong forms such as spears, thorns and discs, and encrusted with diamonds, emeralds and rubies.
   The earrings are sold individually, allowing for maximum customization.
   â€˜We took the idea of ’90s piercing jewellery and put a luxe, grown-up twist on it using silver, gold and diamonds.’ says designer and co-founder Claire Hammon. She says the collection is ‘for the brave,’ suiting what the company calls a ‘modern anarchist queen’ who wishes to defy the status quo.

June 5, 2014

Supermodel Kate Moss fronts Kérastase Couture Styling Collection campaign for summer 2014

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Sølve Sundsbø

Supermodel Kate Moss fronts the Kérastase Paris campaign for its new Couture Styling Collection, commemorating one year of the range.
   Couture Styling is Kérastase’s luxury styling collection, with new products added to its portfolio for US release in summer 2014: Laque Noire, a micro-diffusion finishing spray; V.I.P., a texturizing spray; and Baume Double Je, a defining balm.
   The campaign featuring Moss will roll out this season, inspired by what the company calls a “perfectly imperfect” look made famous by French actress Brigitte Bardot, and by the Studio 54 era.
   Moss’s hair was styled by Kérastase artistic director Luigi Murenu. Says Murenu, ‘The Brigitte Bardot “mussed-up” ’60s look is both quintessentially French and completely universal. Kate Moss is the Brigitte Bardot of today. She epitomizes the freedom that every woman wants.’
   Norwegian photographer Sølve Sundsbø shot the campaign in Paris.
   The Kerastase Couture Styling Collection can be purchased through Kérastase salons in the US (see for locations), and online at

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